June 15, 2015
The Dallas Green Alliance was celebrating its victories following the Dallas City Council runoff election on Saturday.
"I'm really proud of the progressive green residents of Dallas," said Dallas Green Alliance chair Cherelle Blazer. "I feel like we had a huge effect on the elections."
The green political action committee formed last summer with a mission to fill at least four of the six open Dallas City Council seats with environmentally friendly candidates.
Over the course of the election, three candidates backed by the Dallas Green Alliance were elected – Carolyn King Arnold in District 4, Mark Clayton in District 9 and Adam McGough in District 10. They join four environmentally friendly Dallas City Council members – Scott Griggs, Adam Medrano, Phillip Kingston and Sandy Greyson.
According to Claudia Meyer, a Dallas Green Alliance steering committee member, with seven green-leaning city council members now in place, they came close to meeting their goal of getting a majority of eight members on their side.
"That's quite an accomplishment for the first time out doing this," said Meyer. "We helped push environmental issues on the agenda."
Blazer added that's she looking forward to working with the new city council, even those the Dallas Green Alliance didn't back.
"I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it," said Blazer.
Here's a look at the new Dallas City Council:
• District 1: Scott Griggs. He is considered to be environmentally friendly by the Dallas Green Alliance.
• District 2: Adam Medrano. He is considered to be environmentally friendly by the Dallas Green Alliance.
District 3: Casey Thomas.
• District 4: New council member Carolyn King Arnold was backed by the Dallas Green Alliance.
District 5: Rick Callahan
District 6: Monica Alonzo
District 7: Tiffinni Young.
Disttrict 8: Erik Wilson
• District 9: New council member Mark Clayton was endorsed by Dallas Green Alliance.
• District 10: Adam McGough, endorsed by Dallas Green Alliance, won in the runoff.
District 11: Lee Kleinman
• District 12: Sandy Greyson is considered to be environmentally friendly by the Dallas Green Alliance.
District 13: Jennifer Staubach Gates
• District 14: Phillip Kingston is considered to be environmentally friendly by the Dallas Green Alliance.